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personality disorder

noun, Psychiatry.
any of a group of mental disorders characterized by deeply ingrained maladaptive patterns of behavior and personality style, which are usually recognizable as early as adolescence and are often lifelong in duration.
Origin of personality disorder
1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for personality disorder
  • She points out that she is not talking about multiple personality disorder, which has specific clinical signs.
  • My sister probably has borderline personality disorder.
  • The groups were tested for antisocial personality disorder, psychopathy, and aggression.
  • Find the cure for narcissistic personality disorder.
  • Sock-puppetry is only about anonymity if you have multiple personality disorder.
  • Margot certainly thinks so and, gifted with a borderline personality disorder, says as much.
  • He probably suffers from multiple-personality disorder, and he takes his dreams for prophecies.
  • These bully narcissists also seem to fit the criteria for obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.
  • Even among standard run-of-the-mill personality disorder patients, informant reports end up being quite useful to clinicians.
  • Countertransference in the treatment of multiple personality disorder.
British Dictionary definitions for personality disorder

personality disorder

(psychiatry) any of a group of mental disorders characterized by a permanent disposition to behave in ways causing suffering to oneself or others
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personality disorder in Medicine

personality disorder n.
Any of a group of disorders in which patterns of perceiving, relating to, and thinking about one's self and one's environment interfere with the long-term functioning of an individual, often manifested in deviant behavior and lifestyle.

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personality disorder in Science
personality disorder
Any of a group of psychiatric disorders in which a person's abnormal self-perception or ability to relate to others results in undesirable behaviors and interferes with normal social and emotional functioning.
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